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in the hospital, the teenager set ablaze while sleeping on an ac transit bus is talking for the first time. sasha fleishchman is thankful to be home and is hoping to return to class on monday, sasha is talking of the long road to recovery. >> it was pretty scary. >> bandages were wrapped around sasha's legs to cover the burns, after three surgeries it hurts a little to walk. sasha has to wear compression leggings to help with healing. there is so much love and support around sasha, something that the family is extremely grateful for. >> when i was in the hospital, everyday my parents would visit and brings us stacks of cards this high and most of them were from total strangers and it is really neat just knowing that like there is total strangers who are like care about you. >> sasha has no plan to ride the bus alone ever again. >> as anything, the attack has made sasha stronger. >> i am going to keep on wearing a skirt, i am not going to give up >> the fleischman's family now trying to get back to normal and reestablishing a routine that includes changing sasha's bandages every morning. the 16-ye
. >>> sasha fleischman is about to go home from the hospital. it is just in time for the gender neutral teenager to be home. >> we are glad sasha is able to come home. >> reporter: the 18-year-old set on fire earlier this month, both parents couldn't be happier. >> we are just thrilled. it is so great just before thanksgiving. >> 3 weeks ago sasha's skirt was set on fire. sasha doesn't identify with male or female. the suspect is 16 and charged as an adult with multiple crimes. he was in court tuesday . he didn't enter a plea. sasha's mother is thankful. >> a big shout out to everyone. we have been able to make it through. we have had so much support from the community, from friends, from family and strangers. we are thrilled about that. we are thankful for that. >> reporter: the 16-year-old is expected to enter a plea december 20th. the court argues he should be tried as a juvenile, but he will be tried as an adult. >> sasha's parents want him to be tried as a juvenile. he was expected to enter a plea, but the judge moved the appearance date. >>> a bart train pulled into the west oakl
who was attacked aboard the ac transit bus. it looks like sasha could be home in time for the holidays. jody hernandez spoke with sasha's father today and has an update about the suspect in this case. >> reporter: there's one thing that is suspect's attorney and the family agree on. both sides say adult court is not the place for this case to play out. sasha's father shared his thoughts on that with me today as he prepares for sasha to come home. >> sasha is really eager to get home. >> reporter: sasha's father says the teenager set on fire three weeks ago by another teen should be home in time for thanksgiving. he says sasha hasn't wanted to dwell on what happened on the transit bus, instead focusing on recovery. >> it was a horrible thing to go through, but -- and in time, sasha will be dealing with it. but for the time they've been in the hospital, it's mostly been about healing. >> reporter: as sasha prepares to come home, the 16-year-old suspect richard thomas appeared in court where he has attorney filed a motion to have him prosecuted as a child. not as an adult. >> he ought to
is home just in time for thanksgiving. kpix5 on 18-year-old, sasha's recovery. >> sasha sits in the front passenger seat of the family car pulls into the garage. he's back home after spending three weeks at the st. francis burn center. his father, carl, says the 18- year-old is making a speedy recovery. >> sasha is excited to be at home. just walked up the stairs. >> sasha was able to walk now. smiling in his bedroom. you can see both of his legs are wrapped with bandages. >> sasha is tired in general, just physically and emotionally. >> earlier this month, 16-year- old, richard thomas, sent the skirts on fire aboard a bus, causing second and third degree burns to his legs. the suspect did it because he is home phobic. but sasha's family says the attack won't stop him from wearing skirts. in fact, he wore a black one today. >> people realize that you can wear unusual clothing and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> what will change is sasha won't be riding the bus alone. >> i'm sure sasha will ride the bus again. probably with friends. >> both parents say it's
riding the bus may go home from the hospital. anne makovec is live outside the hospital where sasha fleischman has been recovering for almost a month. >> reporter: sasha's parents arrived. they are in there right now. they are picking him up and he is finally going to be on the way home. he spent some time here at the hospital in san francisco's nob hill. here's some new video of his parents arriving about an hour ago here at st. francis memorial hospital. they came with a small purple suitcase and went into the hospital. luke "sasha" fleischman a high school student from berkeley was on an ac transit bus about 3 weeks ago when another passenger set the skirt he was wearing on fire. police believe it was a hate crime because sasha identifies as neither male nor female. he had second- and third-degree burns to the legs and has been undergoing intensive treatment here in the hospital's burn unit. >> they have been walking around inside the hospital and tried out some stairs. we're just glad that we have sasha and sasha is going to make a full recovery. >> reporter: here is the suspect
-old sasha fleischman is scheduled to check out of the hospital today. sasha fleischman was asleep on november 4th when richard thomas allegedly lit the skirt sasha fleischman was wearing on fire. >> he is quite eager to get out of the hospital so they are doing what they can to get red, walking around as much as possible. .. >> reporter: sasha fleischman's family wants to move the case to juvenile court off camera his aunt told ktvu channel 2 morning news that their hearts go out to sasha fleischman and sasha fleischman's' family. >>> they have officially categorized the storm as a nor'easter. it has already reached pittsburgh and ohio and pittsburgh is expected to get 8 inches. dusts could be filing and now the form could not have come at a worse time of course one of the busiest times of the year. major airports in new york, philadelphia, and boston are warning travelers to prepare for long delays and these delay also have a ripple affect and that could affect all areas in the bay area. there will be 44 million americans traveling. locally they expect up to 134 passengers. some
-year-old, i feel that he should be tried as a juvenile. >> he says sasha feels the same way. >> the most mature person. >> teaches kindergarten and hopes the young suspect will learn from his mistake. it's ultimately up to the judge to decide whether thomas will continue his case in the adult court. in the meantime, she's preparing for sasha's return home. sasha is making a lot of progress. >> they've been walking around inside the hospital and tried out the stairs today. >> sasha has been recovering from second and third degree burns to his legs at the st. francis burn center for three weeks. the family says sasha is excited about coming home just in time for thanksgiving. >> we're glad that we have sasha and sasha is going to make a full recovery. >> in oakland, kpix5. >> the victim's dad says sasha is making such a fast recovery that he could return to his high school to start class as early as next monday. >>> an outpouring of love and support outside a fremont high school as students remember a coach who was killed in a car crash last week. the man died doing wha
, and i freak out. >>> thankful to be home, sasha fleischman, who is gender neutral speaks for the first time. he is brave but his resolve is more admire able. >> it was pretty scary. >> reporter: there are 2nd and 3rd degree burns from the november attack. after 3 surgeries it hurts to walk. sasha will have to wear compression leggings. a banner with get well messages covers the walls of their home. >> my parents would visit and bring a stack of cards this high. most of them were from total strangers. it was neat knowing there are people who care about you. >> reporter: the teen's confidence has not suffered. >> i will keep wearing a skirt. it is not something i will give up. >> reporter: they are trying to get back to normal and establishing a routine, which includes changing bandages. the 16-year-old told them he set sasha on fire because he was homophobic. >> it was a dumb thing. i think you should know better than to light someone's clothing on fire. you should realize it is not a funny prank. >> reporter: the 16-year-old charged with setting him on fire is charged with assault an
this could happen to anyone who might be perceived as a target. >> sasha's parents say they're thrilled the teen is home in time for thanksgiving. they say the attack won't deter sasha from being sasha. >> sasha told us which skirt they wanted to wear on the way home and i don't think that changes anything about the way sasha's going to express himself. >> we're just hoping that something good will come out of this. that you know, this kind of intolerance will be, people will realize that you can wear unusual clothing and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> now, when i asked sasha's dad what the teenager is looking forward to the most, he said getting back to school and seeing friends. that's something they hope can happen next week. reporting live in oakland, nbc bay area news. >> thanks, jodi. more details now. oakland mayor expressed her support for the teen in a tweet. delighted to hear sasha fleishman is is home from the hospital. wonderful news to help oakland share a happy thanksgiving. >>> tied up with tape over their mouth. that's what three san
when another teen set sasha fleischman on fire. >> reporter: thanksgiving sasha fleischman's first day at home in three and a half weeks. >> glad to be home. and -- although -- it wasn't so bad in the hospital. >> reporter: he spent 24 days in the burn unit. on november 4 someone set the teen's clothes on fire. >> my skirt is on fire. i freak out because i am on fire. >> reporter: sasha fleischman was able to put out the flames by stop, drop and roll and with the help of other passengers. richard thomas admitted to setting him on fire and facing charges in adult courts. his attorney made a motion to move it to juvenile court. sasha fleischman agrees with that move. >> there is a reason we have different judicial systems for juveniles and adults. >> reporter: now even with burns over his legs he doesn't feel a lot of pain. >> because of my injuries i am going to be less -- i can't walk as fast and i need to be more careful physically. >> reporter: neighbors are relieved that sasha fleischman is home. >> hopefully he gets well soon and go to school and get back his normal life. >> re
happening late tonight, we will hear from sasha fleischman in a moment, but we begin with a wild crime spree. one man dead and three people stabbed. the showdown happened in play sight. a man stabbed three people near the regional medical center of san jose and stole a van on jackson avenue and got on the interstate, there's multiple crime scenes. george? >> reporter: well, raj, neighbors can finally relax in what has been a crazy thanksgiving on the street. you can see the tree that the minivan hit and where a police officer shot and killed the suspect. a very troubling scene for many on this street in -- on thanksgiving. a man aiming a gun. >> you try to do the a u-turn on to the cop car to hit the cop car and the cop started to shoot at him. i was inside the home and i hear the shot. you heard pop, pop. >> reporter: neighbors saw the minivan crash in to a tree. at least one of the officers' bullets hit the suspect and killed hkill ed him. the man stabbed three people and then carjacked a minivan. he raced through the city at high sfeed and even drove wrong way on 680 before ultimate lly c
this month, sasha was lit on fire. he is one of many people who consider themselves agender. meaning neither male or female. jody hernandez joins us now with more on how sasha's story is bringing the agender topic into the public spotlight. >> reporter: rainbow ribbons mark the bus route where that attack took place. the teen appears to be poised to turn that event into something positive. >> i think they're an incredibly brave young person who perhaps history thrusts people into moments that are bigger than any one of us. >> reporter: that's how many in the bay area now feel about sasha, the skirt wearing agender teenager set on fire, whose story has prompted many to rethink issues of gender. >> we're talking about terms like agender and we've never heard those terms before in common culture. >> reporter: a nonprofit says sasha's story is shining new light on something many young people are embracing. the idea that gender shouldn't be limited to just male or female. >> it's each young person having the right to self-determine what gender means to them and who they are in the world. >> skirt
deals. we'll show you the scenes of the rush to get bargains from all over the country. and sasha fleishman talks publicly for the first time. about the horrifying moments when the teen was set on fire. supplies that story coming up. happening now. the shenanigans of black friday are underway. this is from a texas wal- mart store last night where as two women were arrested for fighting over an h-d-t- v! safe if other locations, such as this target in suburban los angeles, were a little more subdued. and this is from a 'best buy' in colma. hundreds stood in line. some since wednesday. just to be first in line for the store's best deals. kron-4's gabe slate said -- besides the line of people, a line of 250 -cars were waiting to get in to the lot. and coming up in about 10 minutes we'll take a closer look at black friday across the country. a lot of shoppers are not happy black friday has morphed into black thursday. they are lashing out at major retailers online and threatening to boycott stores that opened early on thanksgiving. and an "i pledge to not shop on thanksgiving" badge i
to cover the birds, sasha fleischman has from the attack after three surgeries it hurts to walk. sasha fleischman will eventually have to two work compression leggings too how would be healing. abn are covers the walls of his home. >> every day my parents would visit it back during me a stack of cars this fire. deibert coming from total strangers. it was nice knowing that strangers cared about me. >> reporter: he has no plans to ride the bus alone ever again. if anything the attack has made him stronger. >> i will not give up. >> reporter: the family tries to get back to normal, reestablishing a routine that includes changing sasha fleischman's bandages every morning. the attacker said he set him on fire because he is homophobic. the 16 year old accused richard thomas is being prosecuted as an adult. his next court date is in the server. sasha fleischman and his parents would like to see him charged as he also said he had is happy to be in his own bed. he is getting his sense of humor back. 's the one did he want to say anything to the person accused? >> he said he was not quite ready
layfield along with garr count boum and sasha burns. gary k., the health care law the new grinch for holiday sales? >> big yes. if walmart says so you better listen. but the bottom line is, there's a certain rule. it's uncertainty. there's s much out there about fines, fees and how much it's going to cost and when you're going to have to pay. whenever that's in the air, people are going to take a step back and there will be head winds. whatever numbers come out, it would be more if this wasn't going on. >> sasha, you can blame a lot on obama care, but can you blame this? >>ou can blame everhing on obama care. it's the scapegoatof the week. but as a standalone it isn't going to hurt. but as a continuation of the debt crisis and government shutdown and this lack of consumer confidence and pessimism and the ability of the government to function and help with the sustained economic recovery, in that way, yes, it does add to it. >> really, gary b., it is all about expectatns here. it's hard to quantify how obama care may have people pulling in their purse strings but it's all about ex
yerls spent second day ofrn campus. >> the father of sasha flieshman now says the family wants teenager who lit sasha's skirt on fire triered as a teenager. richard thomas asking his client's case be removed from adult court. abc7 news is live in oakland tonight with the story. laura? >> reporter: sasha's family did not attend a hearing here, but they did say they would like the detective back in the juvenile system. in the meantime, they said they're excited that sasha will be coming home from the hospital in time for thanksgiving. >> there is no question about who is responsible in this case. >> reporter: the attorney for richard thomas says his client has in business standing trial in adult court. >> the question when dealing with minors is the minor. and how mature they are. and how much they were influence by the other minors. >> reporter: a junior, thomas is charged as an adult with felony assault and mayhem with hate crime enhancement accused of lighting a skirt on fire, leaving the 18-year-old with second and third degree burns. sasha's father told abc7 news sasha expects to
after a horrible attack on an ac transit bus, 16-year-old sasha fleishman is speaking out. this morning he met with reporters after returning home yesterday. the teen's recovery is going. >> reporter: sasha fleishman hadn't been home since november 4th, that was the day the teen's life changed. >>y i looked down and my skirt is on fire. i freak out because i'm on fire. >> as can you tell, sasha has a sense of humor about the horrifying incident. sasha was on an ac transit bus when someone set the a gender teen's skirt on fire. sasha attempted to put out the flames but that made it worse. my second reaction, which is probably what saved my life is i went back to my kindergarten class and stop, drop, and roll, so i drop on the floor and just start rolling around and some other passengers started stomping on the flames. they gave me a zenograph. >> he spent the last 24 days in a burn unit. the 16-year-old boy who admitted to sitting him on fire is richard thomas. he remains in jail. >> you should really know better than to light someone's clothing on fire. i think you should be able to rea
charges here in the united states. >>> tonight, sasha, the bay area teenager who was severely burned on a bus is home, just in time for thanksgiving. >> sasha sits in the front passenger seat as the family car pulls into the garage. he's back home after spending three weeks at the st. francis burn center. >> sasha is really excited to be at home. he just walked up the stairs. >> his father took this photo of him smiling in his bedroom. you can see both of his legs are wrapped with bandages. >> sasha is a little tired in general, just physically and emotionally. >> tell us why you did it, sir. >> earlier this month, 16-year-old richard thomas set the teen's skirts on fire aboard a bus. police say the suspect did it because he's homophobic, but sasha's family said the attack won't stop him from wearing skirts. in fact, he wore a black one today. >> people realize that you can wear unusual clothing, and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> what will change is sasha probably won't be riding the bus alone. >> i'm sure sasha will ride the bus again, probably with friend
tomorrow to make up for the delay. >>> new at 5:00 p.m. 3-1/2 weeks after a attack, sasha fleischman is speaking out. he spoke publicly for the first time. ktvu's john sasaki is live to show us how he is recovering. >> reporter: i have been covering the story since the incident happened and talked to his parents and today after he returned home from the hospital we hurt from the teenager. >> reporter: sasha fleischman hasn't been home since november 4, the day his life changed. >> i looked down and my skirt is on fire. and -- i freak out because i am on fire. >> reporter: as you can tell he has a sense of humor about the incident. he was on a a.c. transit bus when someone set his skirt on fire. he attempted to put out the flames but that made it worse. >> my second reaction, i went back to my kindergarten class, top, drop and roll. i start rolling around and other passengers started tomming on the flame -- stomping on the flames. >> reporter: he spent the last 24 days in the burn unit at the san francisco hospital. the boy who set him on fire, he remains in jail. >> you could know be
emhad a crew of three when it went down. >>> and earlier this month, sasha fleischman was lit on fire. tonight sasha is back home. sasha is one of thousands of people who consider themselves agender. jodi hernandez spoke with sasha about how this story is bringing attention to agender people. >> i think it's incredibly brave person s sometimes perhaps history thrusts people into moments. >> reporter: that's how many in the bay area feel about sasha. the teenager set on fire aboard a transit bus whose story has prompted many to rethin issues of gender. >> we're talking about words like agender. >> reporter: joel of gender spectrum, a nonprofit that advocates gender inclusiveness says sasha's story is shining new light on something many young people are embracing. the idea that gender shouldn't be limited to just male or female. >> it's each person, each young person having the right to self-determine what gender means to them and who they are in the world. >> it's like, man, skirts are really comfortable. >> sasha prefers the term they and them over he and she, telling us they began qu
'll tell you, sasha is tired, we're told, and a bit overwhelmed, but very thankful to be back here at home tonight. when the teenager's family car pooled up the street and into the driveway this afternoon, we could see a huge smile on the teenager's face. a smile that smoke volumes. >> it feels good to be on home turf. it feets comforting. >> sasha fleischmann has returned home, wearing a black skirt with legs tightly bandaged. the teen sported a big smile as they arrived home to oakland. >> sasha is really excited to see the sky and to see the traffic signals and just the real world for the first time in three weeks. >> just a little more than three weeks ago, sasha suffered severe burns to the legs after another teen set the high school senior's skirt on fire aboard an ac transit bus. >> we're just hoping that something good will come out of this. that, you know, that this kind of intolerance will be -- people will realize that you can wear unusual clothing and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> teenagers patients say the attack will not deter sasha from being sasha
as a juvenile. >> he said sasha feels the same way. sglifs a 16-year-old, and i know i wasn't the most mature person. >> in the meantime, flashman is preparing for sasha's return home from the hospital tomorrow. he says sasha is making a lot of progress. >> they've been walk around inside the hospital and tried out the stairs today. >> sasha has been recovering from second and third-degree burns to his legs at the st. francis burn center for about three weeks. the family says sasha is xietd about coming home just in time for thanksgiving. >> we're just glad that we have sasha, and sasha is going to make a full recovery. >> in oakland kpix 5. >> sasha's dad says his son is making such a fast recovery that he could return to his high school to start klass as early as next monday. >>> big problems tonight on what happened inside the transbay tube. >> earlier today, hundreds of people jammed the platform here in west oakland had been weight as long as one or two hours trapped because of some debris, some sheet metal we hurt was obstructing one of the tracks. >> i've been waiting well other an hou
about an hour and a half ago. you're looking at a photo of the 18-year-old sasha flieshman. you can see bandages on his legs following more than three weeks of treatment for second and third degree burns the 16-year-old, richard thomas is charged as an adult with felony assault and a hate crime. >> thomas' attorney moved a motion to move the case to juvenile court. laura anthony talked to sasha's parents. we'll hear from them at 5:00. >>> good samaritans delivered food to neighbor who's don't have a home for the holidays after a self pro claimed arsonist confessed to torching their apartment building. >> fire had quite a head start on firefighters. they arrived at 2:50, they say they had to fight it from outside, because it was so big. they tried to put it out, one resident, david proddo confessed he used a lighter to set fire to the building. >> i started it. i take full responsibility. >> what happened? >> i'm not crazy. >> firefighters just rescued him and police then took him into custody. shielding him from the public. >> sort of in shock. realizing i probably last everything. >> s
have no word on a motive for the shooting. >>> sasha fleishman is back at home tonight. the 18-year-old smiled but didn't talk to media as he was brought home today. once inside, the family took this picture. they say sasha is tired emotion leal and physically and -- emotionally and physically and it will take months to recover. you'll recall sasha's skirt was set on fire while riding on an ac transit bus november 4th. the timing of the home coming for thanksgiving is perfect. >> it's really -- it's a wonderful, wonderful treat expect i have to start cooking again. >> they say sasha will speak publicly about the attack in the coming days. >>> 16-year-old richard thomas has been charged as an adult in the case but his attorney filed a motion to move the case to juvenile court. thomas is extremely remorseful about what happened and did not think sasha would be hurt. the next hearing is set for december 20th. >> a group of bay area mayors is asking san jose to band in his ballot pension plan for employees. they're leading the effort. 19 mayors along with other local leaders signed a le
to be too harsh, just because people do dumb things. >> they survived a horrific attack, now sasha is speaking out. the message to the teenager charged with setting him on fire. >> the violent crime spree that forced a bay area officer to use deadly force. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. it's not black friday yet, but you wouldn't know it at the malls. holiday shoppers have been taking advantage of deals all night long. the outlets in liver more and one of the places many will be open around the clock. >> open around the clock and let me tell you, there are lines that are an hour long just to get into the stores here, allen. and that is just not half the story. the turkey was juicy and later, so were the deals at the livermore premium outlet. >> the boots look cute on you. >> the crowd big enough to make your head spin. lines stretched nearly as far as the day is long. all the way down the corridor here and wraps around the building. and the bags were stuffed as the bird of the day. >> don't want to wait until 10:00. >> shoppers were committed, if not
, the 18-year-old who suffered second and third degree burns after being set on fire aboard a bus. sasha fleishman is at home after leaving the hospital and for the first time, sasha spoke publicly about the attack. >> my first instinct is kind of dumb. start waving around, trying to put it out, so that fans the flames and makes it bigger, then my second reaction that saved my life was i went back to my kindergarten class and stop, drop and roll. so i just drop on the floor and start rolling around. >> sasha was wearing a skirt and doesn't identify as either male or female. the suspect, 16-year-old richard thomas, faces felony assault and mayhem charges with a hate crime. sasha and the teen's father have talked to prosecutors about trying him as an adult. >>> in san jose, a man stabbed several people then carjacked a van on north jackson avenue after being shot by police on dirk glen drive. david? >> reporter: well, that suspect was kill eed right there. you can see the scene is still teeming with police officers and detectives. it started here, ended here, but starteded a short distance
. >> pam: this is video from oakland of sasha fleischman. in the passenger seat of this vehicle. arriving home just in time for the holidays sasha has finished a 3-week stay in the burn unit at san francisco's st. francis memorial hospital >> pam: back in early november, sasha's suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns. when a 16-year- old passenger on an a-c transit bus. set the gender neutral teen's skirt on fire when he fell asleep >> pam: early today the teen's father talked about sasha's happiness at being home. >> session is really excited to see the sky and traffic signals just the will world. for the first time in three weeks socs, she is excited to so sasha is excited to be home and to walk into the bedroom. >>".right now" >> pam: karl fleischman says, sasha's doctors expect the teen will eventually make a full recovery. >> pam: sasha's parents also voiced their opinions on the teenager charged with commiting a hate crime for setting sasha's skirt on fire. that teen is being charged as an adult. we will have their reaction. coming up on kron 4 news at-6 oclock. >> pam: developing now. >
, of sasha fleischman. in the passenger seat of this vehicle. arriving home. sasha has finished a 3-week stay in the burn unit at san francisco's st. francis memorial hospital in early november, sasha suffered serious burns, when a 16-year- old passenger on the same bus. set the gender neutral teen's skirt on fire when he fell asleep >> pam: early today sasha's father talked about sasha's happiness at being home. a >> i do not think this changes anything above hull sasha will express >> people will realize the chicken where unusual clothing to stymie the to have the right to attack them. people have to realize that you can wear unusual clothing it does not mean you have the right to attack them. >> pam: sasha's alleged attacker is a 16-year-old oakland high school student who is being charged as adult. >> pam: new tonight at 8-- >> pam: while four students at san jose state university are facing hate crime charges for allegedly abusing a black student. people at the school say, racism has been an issue on the campus for years. kron 4's alecia reid tells us about a report that was done 2 years
da lin with more on luke "sasha" fleischman's road to recovery. >> reporter: sasha fleischman sits in the front passenger seat as the family car pulls into the garage home after three weeks at the if burn center. >> he is really excited to be at home. just walked up the stairs. >> reporter: his father took this photo of him smiling in his bedroom. you can see both of his legs are wrapped with bandages. sasha is tired in general physically and emotionally. >> reporter: earlier this month 16-year-old richmond thomas set the agender teen's skirts on fire aboard a bus. police say the suspect did it because he is homophobic. but sasha's family says the attack won't stop him from wearing skirts. in fact he won a black one yesterday. >> people realize that you can wear whatever you want and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> reporter: what will change is sasha probably won't be riding the bus alone. >> i'm sure sasha will ride the bus again. probably with his friends. >> reporter: both parents say it's been a tiring ordeal juggling between work and hospital visits. t
spoke with sasha fleishman's father. and john also learned that they support a more lenient punishment for the young man suspected of setting fire to sasha. >> reporter: the high school student regrets setting luke sasha fleishman on fire. the skirt sasha was wearing was set on fire and sasha suffered serious leg burns. this morning sasha gave us good news. >> we're expecting sasha to be home on wednesday. >> reporter: tomorrow? >> tomorrow, yeah. >> reporter: how does that feel to know that. >> it feels great. >> reporter: just in time for a small thanksgiving celebration. >> we have a friend who's coming over who's bringing a precooked meal. >> reporter: richard thomas' attorney -- >> he thought it would be a puff of smoke and everybody would laugh and it would be over. he is horrified. >> they are correct. and they're not the only members of the gay community who feel that way. >> reporter: later off camera thomas' aunt told us that sasha's parents for moving the trial into juvenile court is quote beautiful and that their heart s go out to sasha and their family. >>> we have an upda
just in time for the holidays. ktvu's john sasaki spoke with sasha fleishman's father. and john also learned that they support a more lenient punishment for the young man suspected of setting fire to sasha. >> reporter: the high school student regrets setting luke sasha fleishman on fire. the skirt sasha was wearing was set on fire and sasha suffered serious leg burns. this morning sasha gave us good news. >> we're expecting sasha to be home on wednesday. >> reporter: tomorrow? >> tomorrow, yeah. >> reporter: how does that feel to know that. >> it feels great. >> reporter: just in time for a small thanksgiving celebration. >> we have a friend who's coming over who's bringing a precooked meal. >> reporter: richard thomas' attorney -- >> he thought it would be a puff of smoke and everybody would laugh and it would be over. he is horrified. >> they are correct. and they're not the only members of the gay community who feel that way. >> reporter: later off camera thomas' aunt told us that sasha's parents for moving the trial into juvenile court is quote beautiful and that their heart s g
and later committed suicide. >>> an east bay teenager made it home for thanksgiving holiday. sasha flieshman suffered burns after being set on fire nearly a month ago. now we have more on the home coming. laura? >> this has been a painful month for sasha flieshman. but now, is he home with family, it's a family that expects to have a very thankful, happy holiday. sasha arrived here in the family car, just about 2:30 this afternoon, after checking out of the burn unit. at st. francis hospital. the family went into the house, sasha is expected to make statements tomorrow. but today was for getting home, and resting. the family provided with us a still photo after arriving here, his dad says the teen chose a black skirt to wear home from the hospital and told us for the maybeck high school senior just riding home from the hospital was exciting. >> sasha is excited to see the sky, and to see the traffic signals and just, the real world for the first time in three weeks. >> just hoping something good will come out of this, you know? this kind of intolerance will be, people will realize you can we
teenager made it home for thanksgiving holiday. sasha flieshman suffered burns after being set on fire nearly a month ago. now we have more on the home coming. laura? >> this has been a painful month for sasha flieshman. but now, is he home with family, it's a family that expects to have a very thankful, happy holiday. sasha arrived here in the family car, just about 2:30 this afternoon, after checking out of the burn unit. at st. francis hospital. the family went into the house, sasha is expected to make statements tomorrow. but today was for getting home, and resting. the family provided with us a still photo after arriving here, his dad says the teen chose a black skirt to wear home from the hospital and told us for the maybeck high school senior just riding home from the hospital was exciting. >> sasha is excited to see the sky, and to see the traffic signals and just, the real world for the first time in three weeks. >> just hoping something good will come out of this, you know? this kind of intolerance will be, people will realize you can wear unusual clothing and it doesn't mean
sasha fleischman of a teen setting fire on an ac transit bus is finally home and there is a long road of recovery coming up next. all right, we'll take a look how people are celebrating the holiday. here is a look at the forecast. >> good morning, happy thanksgiving to you, while we are waking up to a bright morning here in san francisco, we have some high clouds out there, we are dry and not looking at any problems with visibility. we are seeing plenty of cloud covers out there. it is not impacting visibility. rain chance is at zero so you don't need your umbrella. san jose right now 47 out at the door and for those of you in concord, we are still holding on at upper 30s. it is a cold start for places like santa rosa and napa. high clouds moving into the bay area. ancipitation has been over the water. in the afternoon, expect scattered clouds and partly sunny condition and looks like temperatures up mainly in the 60s. hayward, we'll cee lo 60s for downtown san francisco and 66 and that seems to be the common number for redwood city and sunnyvale. >>> in san jose there is been a
a step back to some sort of a normal life. now the family will have thanksgiving dinner vegan for sasha fleischman. and the cameras showed sasha fleischman smiling showing bandages on both legs and sasha fleischman's mother is hoping something positive will come out of this ordeal. >> you can wear unusual clothing and it does not mean you have a right to attack them. >> sasha fleischman's father hopes he wants to go back to school and wants to see friends as soon as next week. >>> they have given up a legal fight and taken down a viral video. goldie blocks had a song in order to promote girls embracing science and technology and while any approve their message, they don't allow it to sell any products. they don't want to fight and they have removed that online video. >> now at 4:40 with the weather cooling down quite a bit, pg&e is making some people nervous. >>> and a hit-and-run driver, surveillance video has police hoping to get an arrest. >>> also we are traffic free and traffic is moving along fine on the bay bridge toll plaza. if you can pull out you can maybe get closer to thanks
for the holidays. sasha fleischman was riding on an a.c. transit bus this month when a 16-year-old boy we set his skirt on fire while he was sleeping. sasha fleischman is describing himself as "agenda," suched severe burns. >> each day my parents who visit and bring a stack of cards this high and most of them from total strangers. >> we are incredibly thankful to have sasha not just hope but with us, at all. period. >> the boy accused of setting the fire, richard thomas has charged with hate crime. sasha fleischman will continue to wear skirts. >> if you are gathering around a wood burning fireplace you have to change the plans. officials called another "spare the air" day so it will be illegal in nine county bay area to use wood burning fireplaces, stoves and fire pits. the air quality district says particle levels spike around the winter holidays and violators can be fined if burning wood on no burn days. >> the fines go up for each repeated occurrence. watch out. >> take a course and read up on the reasons why you should not bun on the pair spay -- "spare the air" day and you have to take a te
that was driving that car suffered only minor injuries. >>> sasha fleischman speaking out. describing that horrifying attack. the 18-year-old returned home from the hospital on tuesday. now spending this holiday season with his family in oakland. earlier this month sasha was on an ac transit bus heading home when someone set his skirt on fire. >> what probably set my life, i remembered back to my kindergarten class. stop, drop, and roll. i dropped to the floor and started rolling around. some other passengers started stomping on the flame. >> a 16-year-old boy who admitted to setting sasha on fire remains in jail awaiting his next court date. sasha says he is not ready to forgive him. not yet. >>> vice president joe biden heads to asia. the visit comes as china has set fighter jets to patrol a cluster of islands in the east china sea. they have declared the area a defense zone and want pilots to identify themselves. the u.s. has refused to do so and carried on with joint naval exercises with japan in that area. >> we are executing it almost exactly as originally planned 12 months ago.
-us.com. >> i it looked down at my skirt is on fire. i freaked out. >> happy to be home on thanksgiving. sasha fleis chman is back with his family after spending weeks in the hospital recovering from second and third degree burns. it happened on the skirt he was wearing was set on fire. he spoke with us yesterday for the first time since the incident. kron4 justine waldman are the teen is not only brave, but the 18 year-old resolve is even admire more. >> after three surgeries', it hurts a little for him to walk. he will eventually have to wear compression leggings to help with healing. there's so much love and support surrounding him, this is something that the family is grateful for. a banner with a get well messages cover his home. >> when i was in the hospital, my parents and visited and they brought me cards. most of them were from total strangers. and this is really nice to know the total strangers care. >> he has no plans to ride the bus again. he stated that his confidence been a gender has not suffered if anything the attack has made him stronger. >> i'm want to keep on wearing my ski
on their youngest daughter sasha. >> sasha will be a sophomore in high school. >> so you may want to stay in washington, because of sasha. >> well -- >> i don't want to pin you down, but i am. >> let's go this way, sasha will have a big vote. you know, obviously, they have -- and michelle have made a lot of sacrifices on behalf of my cockamamie ideas of running for office and things. and so i want to make sure that it's good for them. >> tonight on a special edition of 20/20, barbara walters at the white house. barbara asking president obama about the rough rollout of obama care, and when he thinks america will elect the first female president. that's tonight at 10:00 eastern. turning now to a spectacular sight on the west coast, nature's largest and most majestic creatures in the waters off monterey struggling to answer a call of a maritime dinner bell, here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: in the wild, you go where the food is. and right now, it's the waters of california's monterey bay. >> whoa! >> reporter: hundreds of killer whales, dolphins and enormous humpback wlals are showi
. >> reporter: the skirt sasha was wearing was turned on fire. this morning sasha's father gave us good news. >> we're expecting sasha to be home on wednesday. >> tomorrow. >> tomorrow, yeah. >> reporter: how does that feel to know that? >> it feels great. we're not quite ready. we've been rearranging stuff to make it more comfortable for sasha. >> reporter: home in time for a small thanksgiving celebration. >> we have a friend who's coming over. and is bringing a precooked meal. >> reporter: back at the white house, richard thomas' acknowledged responsibility for sasha's injury. >> the security video from the bus make that is very clear. there's no question about who is responsible in this case. the question is, under what circumstances and with what motivation he is responsible. >> reporter: skwraoud law make a mode to have the case tried in juvenile court instead of adult court. he was asked about sasha's family supporting that move. >> they're correct. they're not the only members of the gay community who feel that way. >> reporter: later off camera, thomas' aunt told me that sasha's par
transit bus. the suspect is facing hate crime charges and is being tried as an adult. but tonight sasha's father is offering a different legal approach. jodi hernandez joins us from oakland. how is sasha recovering? >> sasha's recovery has been truly remarkable. he could be home as early as tomorrow. sasha's father shared with me his feelings on the case being handled in adult court. and sasha's father says the teenager should be home by thanksgiving. he says the agender 18-year-old who was set on fire by another teen aboard a transit bus has a lot to be grateful for, despite the attack. >> being thankful for the paramedics. the emergency room. people from the burn center. the nurses and the doctors. there have been so many people who just made this survivorable for all of us. >> he's very remorseful. he's extremely remorseful. he's about as remorseful as a kid can be. >> the attorney for richard thomas, the suspect in the case, insists it was a childish prank gone bad. he filed a motion to have the 16-year-old prosecuted as a juvenile, not an adult. >> he ought to be treated like what
home today. sasha fleishman spent weeks recovering. ken phitchett was there. >> reporter: the teen is tired emotionally and physically, and will take months to recover. sasha smiled at the cameras you but did not talk today. just after coming home, legs clearly bandaged from the severe burns that teen suffered. sasha's mother, was perfect. >> it's really -- it's a wonderful, wonderful treat, expect i have to start cooking again. >> sasha's mother said she hopes something good comes to sasha who identifies as a-gender. on november 4th, while sleeping, the skirt sasha was wearing was set on fire. police arrested 16-year-old richard thomas for the attack who allegedly told police that he was homophobic. thomas should not be tried as an adult for the attack. a notion sasha's parents seem to agree with. >> we would say on principal that we would think a 16-year-old should be tried in juvenile court. >> reporter: the parents concede they do not know all the facts that led to adult charges being filed against the alleged teenage attacker. as for sasha, the parents say their child is ready
from oakland of sasha returning home, he's in the passenger seat there coming home from the hospital. sasha just finished a three week stay in the burn unit at san francisco st. francis memorial hospital. it was earlier this month he suffered serious burns when a 16 year old passenger on that same bus set sasha's skirt on fire. now sasha doesn't identify as male or female and yesterday his parents talked about their sons happiness with being home. >> sasha told us exactly which skirt he wanted to wear on the way home and i don't think that changes anything about the way sasha's going to express himself. >> everything is great. we're just hoping that something goodwill come out of this, that this kind of intolerance will be people will realize that you can wear unusual clothing and it doesn't mean that you have a right to attack them. >> sasha's alleged attacker is 16 years old, an oakland high school student being charged as an adult. >>> well todays the annual thanksgiving day meal at glide memorial church and volunteers who spent quite a number of hours getting things together and
was burned while riding a transit bus is back home for thanksgiving. john has sasha's take on what happened. and on the 16-year-old boy accused of the crime. >> reporter: sasha hadn't been home since november 4th. that was the day the teen's life changed dramatically. >> i looked down and my skirt is on fire. i freak out cause i'm on fire. >> as you can tell, sasha has a sense of humor. on an ac transit number 57 bus heading home from school when someone set the a -- gender's teen skirt on fire. >> my second reaction which is probably what saved my life is i went back to my kindergarten class and stop drop and roll. i just dropped on the floor and start rolling around and some other passengers started stomping on the flames. >> sasha spent the last 24 days at a burn unit at a san francisco hospital. the boy who is admitted to setting sasha on fire is in jail. >> know better than to light someone's clothing on fire. you should be able to realize that that's not just a funny prank. >> thomas is currently facing felony charges in adult court. his attorney has made a motion to have the case mov
in the case of a juvenile charged for setting an ac transit bus rider on fire. sasha flieshman's family wants prosecutors to try the 16-year-old now as a juvenile. we're live tonight, laura, you were in court when the defense attorney made the request. >> reporter: that is right they did make wishes clear today as far as legal proceedings, regarding the boy who attacked sasha. they want him treated as a child. >> they're correct. >> the attorney for the 16-year-old says he welcomes words from the family of sasha flieshman. last not district attorney charged thomas as an adult for setting the 18-year-old's skirt on fire on a bus. each charge also carries a hate crime enhancement. flieshman suffered expected third degree burns and expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. his father told abc7 news, quote, sasha's recovery is going well, sasha expects to be home before thanksgiving. what sasha is looking forward to is getting back to school and being with friends. thomas's attorney says he never intended to harm flieshman. >> he thought there w
regarding the boy who attacked sasha. they want him treated as a child. >> they're correct. >> the attorney for the 16-year-old says he welcomes words from the family of sasha flieshman. last not district attorney charged thomas as an adult for setting the 18-year-old's skirt on fire on a bus. each charge also carries a hate crime enhancement. flieshman suffered expected third degree burns and expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. his father told abc7 news, quote, sasha's recovery is going well, sasha expects to be home before thanksgiving. what sasha is looking forward to is getting back to school and being with friends. thomas's attorney says he never intended to harm flieshman. >> he thought there would be a puff of smoke and everybody would love laugh, and it would be over. he was horrified to seat flames shooting up. >> reporter: the d.a.cites a police interview thomas says he lit the skirt on fire because thomas is quote, homophobic. sasha's parents say the teen does not identify as either male or feel yachlt a judge hill hear the motion next month. in
his case in the adult court. in the meantime, fleischman is preparing for sasha's return home from the hospital. he says the agender teen is making a lot of progress. >> we're just glad that we have sasha and sasha's going to make a full recovery. >> reporter: in oakland, da lin, kpix 5. >> he says his son is making such a fast recovery from the second- and third-degree burns that he could return to his high school as soon as monday. >>> an anonymous tip led to two suspects in a cold case murder in alameda county. kpix 5's andria borba reports, dna evidence also helped seal the case. >>> reporter: his bleeding stabbed body was found on redwood road at the entrance to chabot regional park. that was 1990. >> he was a hard-working man. >> reporter: by the time alameda county authorities found 43-year-old steven rudiger, his wife and her new boyfriend fled to the biggest little city in the world and got hitched. >> it's kind of like make- believe, though, you know? it's kind of like you're not sure if it's -- it's just hard. >> reporter: while investigators suspected sheryl ann drace
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